StencilGirl & Friends: An Art Journal Affair!

StencilGirl & Friends

StencilGirl & Friends: An Art Journal Affair!

  • StencilGirl & Friends: An Art Journal Affair
    September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017
    3:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Four (4) Rockstar Instructors. Two (2) full days & nights with nothing to think about but Art Journaling. Optional Friday activities in a wonderfully creative UNESCO designated city. A brand new Retreat Hotel blocks from the Lower Town Arts District and Historic Downtown Paducah, opening reception and lunches included in your registration, goody bags, surprises, and, Oh! did we mention….STENCILS??

StencilGirlEscape to Ephemera Paducah for a weekend of intensive art journaling fun in the quaint river city of Paducah, Ky. Indulge yourself in hours of creative adventures. Cultivate new friendships and nourish your soul in a supportive environment designed to encourage students to experiment with new techniques, tools, and concepts.

Ephemera Paducah is so honored to partner with StencilGirl Products to bring you this extraordinary event! An Art Journal Affair features coordinated workshops taught by StencilGirl designers and instructors: Seth Apter, Traci Bautista, Pam Carriker and, StencilGirl herself, Mary Beth Shaw.

We’ll explore a gazillion (well, OK, a TON of) art journaling techniques and, along with honing your skills, you’ll take home a commemorative set of StencilGirl stencils created just for this art retreat.

When the day is done, you’ll have plenty of time to explore Paducah, a designated UNESCO Creative City, which brims with delightful eateries, shops, cultural attractions and places to visit. You’ll also be invited to spend time after hours in the Art Journaling Playroom we’ve set up just for you at your hotel. Ephemera Paducah will be transformed into StencilGirl Central with onsite shopping for all your mixed media dreams!

Friday, September 22, 2017Pam Carriker

  • Optional mini workshops and Paducah Tours announced soon for those who would like to arrive early!
  • Shopping at Ephemera Paducah and other local artsy joints
  • Opening Reception @ 5:00- 7:00 pm – Door prizes @ 6:00, pop-up demonstrations, general merriment!
  • Art Journal Playroom open until Midnight

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • 9 am – 4 pm Workshops
    • Half the attendees will spend the day at Ephemera Paducah and enjoy a coordinated workshop with two of our Instructors and half will be located across the street at the Paducah School of Art and Design with our other two Instructors. If you are traveling with friends and want to stay in the same group, just zip Kristin an email!
    • Lunch provided on site!
  • Dinner on your own
  • Art Journal Playroom at Retreat Hotel open 6:00 pm – Midnight

Sunday, September 24, 2017Mary Beth Shaw

  • 9 am – 4 pm Workshops
    • We’ll switch!  Half the attendees will spend the day at Ephemera Paducah and enjoy a coordinated workshop with two of our Instructors and half will be located across the street at the Paducah School of Art and Design with our other two Instructors.
    • Lunch provided on site!

Your $425 Registration Fee includes:

  • Workshops 9 am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 2017
  • Our favorite Journal as well as other goodies for you to take home
  • Use of tools & supplies
  • Friday evening reception, snacks, drinks & lunches Saturday & Sunday
  • Access to the Art Journaling Playroom open Friday & Saturday evenings in our Retreat Hotel including informal interaction and pop-up demonstrations with our StencilGirl Team

For the WORKSHOPS, you should bring a Basic Supply Kit which includes the following:

  • 1” foam brushes (a few)
  • Misc. paint brushes 1-2 round & flat as well as cheap 1” bristle brushes
  • 1 box of Baby Wipes
  • A small amount of collage material — make sure to have some neutral colors. Ephemera, favorite craft paper, ticket stubs, copies of photographs, etc. (I suggest you start loading a 9 x 12 envelope and stop when it gets full! Digging through a pile of collage materials in the middle of a workshop is not fun. Trust me on this!)
  • Favorite scraper such as a hotel key card or Bondo putty scraper (for applying gesso)
  • A few of your favorite markers – Sharpies, Pitt pens, etc., black and other colors, in a variety of sizes
  • A pencil
  • Water container (we have some to share, as well)
  • It’s so hard to choose, but some of your favorite stencils. We’ll be working in a 5.5” x 8” journal so the 6” x 6” or smaller will work great. You’ll have access to stencils, as well, in your workshops
  • Scissors
  • Some of your favorite rubber stamps. Un-mounted work great and cut down on weight traveling. There will be some to share in the workshops, as well, so no worries if you don’t have them.

IF you have these items and want to bring them, bring them. If not, try them out in class and decide on purchasing them afterward. We will have them for sale in the shop if you fall in love. Seriously, totally OPTIONAL.

  • Optional: 1-2” Colour Shaper tool
  • Optional: Faber Castell Pitt Pen(s)
  • Optional: Heal tool
  • Optional: StazOn ink pads in your preferred color palette
  • Optional: Brayer
  • Optional: Holtz Distress Crayons or Marabu Art Crayons (make sure to identify them some way as yours). We will have a quantity to share in each workshop but this will cut down on your wait time.
  • Optional: Derwent Inktense Pencils or Blocks

Art Journal Play Room will be open 7:00 pm – Midnight Friday night and 5:00 pm – Midnight Saturday night. Bring your favorite creative supplies for the Art Journal Play Room!

Retreat Hotel

The Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront is open and Gorgeous! LinGate Hospitality is bringing the upscale 123-room property to Paducah located next to the Convention & Expo Centers (at 400 N. 4th Street — about 6 blocks from Ephemera Paducah). The five-story hotel  includes meeting spaces, a pool, and fitness center in addition to a full-service bar and restaurant.

The Paducah Holiday Inn Riverfront Room Block ends August 22nd. Reserve using the code SGP and calling 1-800-465-4329.



This is crazy, but we’ve had to close the very long & distinguished Waitlist for this event. Please make sure you are on our email list for future offerings! As popular as it was, I’m sure you’ll see it again here and/or other venues! Thanks, Kristin 

We are offering the opportunity to pay a $99 deposit to secure your spot in StencilGirl & Friends: an Art Journal Affair! The balance of your registration fee, $326, is due on or before July 1, 2017. Minimum 20; Maximum 50. Minimum age to participate is 16.  

For those taking advantage of the deposit system to hold your spot in the full weekend of classes, the balance of payment can be made via PayPal on this page.

If you have secured a spot in the workshop and find you cannot attend, please email Kristin ASAP. Until July 15, 2017, you can be refunded what you have paid less 10% of the total registration fee ($42.50) if someone from the Waitlist takes your spot.  

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